Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal were the only team who played to win in the 0-0 draw with Portsmouth.
Gunners boss frustrated by stalemate
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side were the only team who played to win in the 0-0 draw with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
The Gunners required three points to overhaul Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table, but a winning goal proved out of reach on the South Coast.
And Wenger was left frustrated by Portsmouth's tactics after watching his side held to their first stalemate the season.
"They (Portsmouth) defended very well, they were organised not to concede," Wenger told Sky Sports 1
"It was a surprise. Their whole midfield was focused on defending and we were not creative enough to find an opening.
"It was a very good defensive performance, their minds were completely on defending. We were not at our best today but gave absolutely everything.
"Credit to Portsmouth, they made it difficult for us. They played in one half of the pitch. I don't think offensively they had a special performance, they played with 10 players at the back and in the end they got the maximum they could from this kind of game.''
Meanwhile, Wenger insists he is not overly concerned by Arsenal's failure to return to the summit of the table after watching his side slip one point behind United.
"We would prefer to be at the top but it is very tight - only one point," he concluded.